My WordPress Origin Story

I created my account on WordPress.com in July 2007, but I hadn’t used it much until 2015 when I joined Automattic as a JavaScript Wrangler. 2015 was also when I migrated my website to WordPress from my CMS of choice back then – Drupal. I must admit that I had a lot of experience developing with Drupal at that point, but almost none with WordPress integrations. Well, I think I helped to build two or three simple websites with WordPress.

There is also an interesting story that helped me quickly discover the power of WordPress. My sister blogged about her efforts to get back to sports activities after a severe knee injury. Her post written in Polish from 2009 received massive traffic and nearly one thousand comments in a few months! That was mind-blowing.

The rest of my journey follows my time spent at Automattic. Initially, I’ve been working on WordPress.com subscriptions like plans and domains. Eventually, I switched to the team that overlooks the development of the block editor in WordPress core.

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Grzegorz Ziółkowski

Husband, father, code wrangler, open-source contributor and basketball fan. Writes JavaScript at Automattic and contributes to WordPress core.

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